Dogs, cats, and other pet parasites - and humans.
endoparasites - internal parasites
ectoparasites - external parasites
Generally it is thought by pet owners that dog and cat ectoparasites (external parasites) such as fleas, ticks, lice, etc. are mainly associated to these animals. But it is little known that some of these parasites also infest humans. And children are often first in line .
Almost every household has some pet or other, and children are the first to hug and even kiss the dog, the cat, or even a rodent pet.
I have heard, "yes, but we bath and treat the dog regularly, it is very clean". Well, the dog only has to go outside once to get reinfected. Or, if the dog bed and kennel aren't thoroughly disinfected at the same time, one trip to its bed is all it takes to get reinfected.
I have dogs and a cat, and I am not saying don't have pets. What I am saying is, have the pets de parasited regularly. And more importantly, have the whole family regularly treated for internal parasites.
What is important is that a tick may potentially transmit life-threatening pathogens to humans.
"Ticks have been implicated in the transmission of rickettsial organisms (e.g.,Rickettsia conorii, Rickettsia massiliae, and R. rickettsii) to humans causing a number of ilnesses such as as typhus, rickettsialpox, Boutonneuse fever, African tick bite fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Flinders Island spotted fever and Queensland tick typhus (Australian tick typhus)
Roundworms (e.g.,Toxocara spp.) and hookworms (Ancylostoma spp.) of dogs and cats are also parasites of great health relevance for pet owners.
The soil contamination by dog and cat faeces is a common phenomenon in public gardens, sand boxes, and beaches not only due to the large population of stray animals present in the cities, but also due to the lack of proper sanitary and health education of some pet owners.
I have not even touched on the many other internal and external parasites carried by dogs, cats, and other family pets.
Brazil is a vast territory, and one of the largest dog and cat populations on the Planet.
Furthermore, Brazil is still home to a large population of dogs and cats living as “strays” or “community” animals, not only in rural areas, but also in suburbs and large urban centres. Public health authorities are not able to manage these animals due to the lack of adequate infrastructure and trained personnel to conduct an effective long-term population control program. As a result, pet dogs and cats are usually endangered by a wide range of parasites that may cause disease on them and eventually on their human counterpart.
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